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Literary Mayhem in Hong Kong

It was a dark and stormy night. The crime novelist lay dead on the ground, stabbed to death with his own Montblanc. The detective stood over the body. “This looks like a story from one of his own nove... Read More...
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Safe at Any Cost?

On its face, the issue seems black and white: In issuing a compulsory license to import or produce the generic second-line HIV/AIDS drug efavirenz on November 29—two days before World AIDS Day—T... Read More...
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Greetings, Citizen

A “personal” holiday greeting from President Hu Jintao was delivered Tuesday to an unknown number of Chinese citizens lucky or affluent enough to own upscale video mobile phones. The 27-second message, in w... Read More...
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Religion and Democracy Threaten Beijing

On December 22 a court in Beijing gave a three-year jail sentence, suspended for five years, to one of the country’s most prominent human rights lawyers, Gao Zhisheng, for posting ‘seditious art... Read More...
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The Boxing Day Tsunami Two Years Later

Sometimes a tragedy is the very thing that triggers progress.  This is true in the case of Indonesia, one of the most-affected countries by the Asian tsunami that happened on Boxing Day two years ago.&... Read More...
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Being a Hostess

“Ow!" That was the sound of me slamming my knee against a futuristic Japanese toilet. Hard. Changing into a cocktail dress in a women's bathroom stall of the Shibuya Seibu department store is... Read More...
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Smells Like Kim Spirit

Jumpin’ Jong-il Flash, is a gas, gas, gas?   North Korea is not known for its rock and roll but they do have accordions... Well, maybe. If a Korean-Fren... Read More...
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China gets it up on Tiger Power

Despite the fact that the use of Viagra and Cialis, the two biggest-selling drugs for male erectile dysfunction, is skyrocketing among Asia’s males, many still believe the way to turbo charge their vi... Read More...